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Helios™ Switch 9-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

5½ oz. 11', 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 9-wt. line.We set out on an adventure to make the world's lightest fly rod. Along the way, we also made the world's best. Helios Switch 11-foot, 9-weight - The most versatile 9-weight ever. Easy to cast one-handed, but also casts two-handed when distance is necessary. Tremendous reach and mending ability for big water nymphing in Western rivers and tailwaters both in and out of drift boats, and in Midwestern tailwaters where shorebound anglers are faced with generation periods and want greater distance. Also good for beach fishing for sea run cutthroat and brook trout. Lightweight Helios technology finally makes it possible to create a switch rod that is not a compromise, but the best of both casting styles.
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Customer Reviews for Helios™ Switch 9-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Review 1 for Helios™ Switch 9-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Does it get any better?,
June 11, 2013
By: Ericobia
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"Hammered Golden Dorado on top water poppers on this 9wt. Casts with ease and proficiency. Great flex with power. Arm never got tired. Spey casts well also. Action is really overwhelming. Had my doubts on how this would handle large aggressive fish. This and my 7wt will be my go to's for Steelhead and striper."
Review 2 for Helios™ Switch 9-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
September 2, 2011
By: flyfishallfish
"My fly fishing experience is 18 years old and all of this time I was dreaming about the perfect rod which can be used for fresh and saltwater fishing.My dream come true...In February 2011 I bought ZG Helios 119-4 switch rod.I spent so many hours testing this rod in many situations and conditions; From spring steelhead fishing on Elk Creek , Walnut Creek PA and Salmon River NY, to fishing for Striped Bass on Saco River MA,Rhode Island and NY.Casting and lending fish was a big pleasure.This rod sensitivity and power is excellent.Easy to cast one-handed,easy to cast two -handed.Also,works very well with different types of fly lines. This rod is a "NUMBER ONE" in my collections !."
Review 3 for Helios™ Switch 9-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Not like other Helios,
June 7, 2011
By: flyfishidaho
from Idaho steelheader
"The description on the website is (was?) for a different rod. This rod does not have a flex that one would expect progressing up from the 7 or 8wt Helios Swtich Rods. I have a 7wt and got this for bigger steelhead and Alaska fishing but it felt almost identifcal to the 7wt. A check of the diameters showed it to be the same as my 7wt but the lower middle was actually smaller diameter. A controlled flex test using a 6 and 12 ounce weight confirmed how it felt. I have since ordered the 10wt Helios and it has slighly larger diameters (by 0.02") and stiffer flex as I expected the 9wt to have. These are the only 9 and 10 weight switch rods on the market that I know of. I'm looking forward to the first salmon on this rod. Thanks for Orvis for great customer service to help with exchange but it would be nice to have Orvis provide downloadable flex charts."